“Mindfulness is a certain way of paying attention that is healing, that is restorative, that is reminding you of who you actually are so that you don’t wind up getting entrained into being a human doing rather than a human being.” — Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn

Six Days You Shall Labor

Dear Dervaes Family,
I enjoyed your presentation at 10,000 Villages and look forward to your next talk with the Eden series at All Saints. You are amazing! Thank you for the newsletter. Your websites are beautiful also. … I’m glad to see on your site that you keep the Sabbath rest from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. I believe that is one reason for your phenomenal success, that you are being blessed for your Sabbath economics as well as all your outstanding hard work.


BTY Thank you for standing up for what God has put on your heart(asking people not to purchase from sundown Friday to Sundown Saturday). Praying God’s favor for you and your garden. May you receive greater than your goal!


Hi there Dervaes family,
I was looking at your online store the peddlers wagon and saw some awesome things, one of which is the statement of faith about asking people to respect you and not purchase on Sabbath. WOW…I was so impressed with this. I am a Seventh Day Adventist and have never seen anyone put this request on their websites before.

— Take care,  Lisa

Dear Friends,

I happened across your web site as I browsed some agrarian blogs, and I was very pleased to find that you take the Sabbath seriously. I believe that the Sabbath and the other appointed times… are part of the agrarian rhythm of life that God intended us to live. Good for you that you refrain from selling on the Sabbath! Keep up the good work you are doing, you are an inspiration to many.

— Sincerely, Aimee

“Time Out!”

When folks ask “so what’s this about a Sabbath day”  I simply tell them it’s a day where we call “TIME OUT.”

So what’s a “time out?” Time out from buying, selling and doing normal work activities here on the urban homestead.

It’s a time for us unwind, unplug, relax, reflect, get outdoors, get with loved ones.  It’s about finding a balance in life as we step off of the 24/7 treadmill.

Do We Need to Observe a Sabbath

In the 1960s the Department of Architectural Studies at Sheffield University  undertook a survey which showed that buildings which were used heavily every day of the week suffered from stress and were unlikely to last. Those that had just one 24-hour period of “refreshment” each week had time to recover and lasted longer.

If a building requires regular rest, how much more those who work in it?

Today, the 24/7 mantra dictates otherwise. Although holiday periods and weekly hours are regulated, employers have more power over the lifestyles of their employees than at any time in decades. Annualised hours contracts force employees to work when there is demand for their labour, regardless of the consequences to home life or commitments.

…..After the Reformation the Quakers rediscovered the economic advantages that could be obtained from an ordered life of limiting work by adhering to a cycle which included a Sunday completely free of work. From that was developed a range of industrial and commercial enterprises in which the workers had time to take their leisure. Cadbury’s model village of Bourneville  in Birmingham  was designed around a normal pattern of family life in which the workers were encouraged to engage in sports, cultivate their gardens, maintain their health and participate in religious activities.

More recently, the Gower Handbook of Management notes, ‘Relaxation can be achieved in two ways. The first is to carry out any activity which distracts the mind from work. A happy home life, religious activity, gardening, sport, hobbies; all of these are good forms of relaxation. ..’

Religions make space for many different patterns of life. But the importance many, not least Christianity, attach to a shared period of rest is to be ignored at our peril. Whether that rest should be every day, every week, every month or every season will be open to debate. But the point is that simply leaving the business of rest to the marketplace of personal choice results in a relentless 24/7 culture, with all the personal, social and environmental stress that we are becoming familiar with. 24/7 is unsustainable. Everyone would benefit from taking a Sabbath.

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  1. Suseon says:

    I propose we stop saying “24/7” all the time and change it to “24/6”! That would really get some people to stop and take notice!

  2. Laurie says:

    I love it that you observe the commandment to honor the Sabbath and to keep it holy. In my home we make an effort to do the same, from Friday sundown until Saturday sundown, as you do. We don’t always get there, so to speak, but we try.

    I was very intrigued that on your website it says something to the effect that you “keep the ancient paths” and wondered if you were Torah observant. How wonderful!!!

  3. CE says:

    As a very young child I remember that Oregon had Blue Laws on the books. Most of the country had them then. Those laws made it illegal to do most business on sunday. Each weekend had a designated pharmacy open ( it rotated so you had to check the paper if you needed a prescription) but it was only to buy medications. No other stores were open. When I lived in Germany as a young adult 25 yrs ago they also had Blue Laws and these included refraining from any tasks or hobbies that made loud noises including vacuming and mowing the lawn with a power mower. Today, based on a month long visit a couple years ago, Germany no longer has the Blue Laws and neither do we. But I still practice this Sunday day of rest and time with God and family. I refrain from any normal chores or work and allow more time for reading the Bible and praying as well as hobbies or visiting. Sometimes it is a very quiet day of not doing much but after a crazy week, that can seem very inviting.
    It is nice to see you observing this custom. It is respectful to God and just makes good sense for us.

  4. Mindy says:

    I occasionally purchase items online from Living Tree Community Foods. The first time I tried to purchase I discovered I couldn’t, as they also respect the sabbath on their site. Of course I was more than happy to come back in a day to make my purchase. So, there are at least 2 companies that operate this way.

  5. Heather in WI says:

    We are Reformed Baptist Sabbatarians. Neither my husband or I were raised this way, but it has been such a blessing to us (spiritually, mentally, and physically!) to keep the Sabbath with our four boys. We love your website! 🙂

    • Anais says:

      @Heather in WI: Welcome and thanks for commenting. You are so right. Keeping the Sabbath is good for the body and soul. It’s great to hear from other Sabbath keepers. Blessings to you all

  6. Amber King says:

    HEllO from a fellow Sabbath Keeper. I am so inspired by your gardens. What a blessing to see! We live in North Idaho and I am busy planning how I can get the most out of our 3 city lots!

  7. Rob says:

    Googled “Sabbath Economy” and found your site. Am a Sabbath keeper and am interested in the ancient Israelite Jewish Sabbath Economy which makes even more sense in this technocrazed culture! My wife and I have retired to an adult manufactured park in Wenatchee WA. Surrounded by rocks and a small patio and postage size lawn out back. Will probably grow tomatoes and cukes this summer and see how it goes. Lots of sunshine here and the house sits nicely to take advantage of the sun. Plan to grow a lot of bee friendly plants. Love the little buggers!
    Don’t think they will allow a hive in here though as the critters might just decide to swarm! Great site. Thanks for letting your light shine! Rob

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